My Jazz Story
I love jazz because it knows no boundaries.
I was first exposed to jazz (and popular music) when I studied playing piano at a local community school of music, and and loved learning new styles and enjoy all types of music, not sticking or limiting to genre boxes. Inspired by my teachers (one of having having a great career in Dutch Jazz Fusion). I then started playing keys in bands and my own groups, experimenting excessively, mixing all styles, but heavily influenced by contemporary jazz-rock fusion.
The best show I ever attended was a concert in Amsterdam (at a time they offered an alternative to the famous NSJF in The Hague) in 1988, the Bob Berg and Mike Stern Band featuring Dennis Chambers on drums, really mind blowing (life changing possibly?). Before and after there actually have been many very rewarding and memorable live concerts, but this one keeps on my mind.
The first jazz record I bought was...I will actually look that up ;-)
My advice to new listeners is be open-minded, and just have fun exploring!